Former Church worker charged with abuse offences

The case will be heard in Queanbeyan Local Court on April 23 (Pixabay)

A 79-year-old man has been charged with child sexual offences linked to incidents alleged to have happened while he was an employee of the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese almost 30 years ago. Source: Canberra Times.

NSW Police will allege the man was performing an administrative role within the Archdiocese when he met the 15-year-old alleged victim.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in 1989 during a work-related trip to Batemans Bay and Huskisson.

Police investigated the alleged incidents after receiving a referral from the archdiocese's Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding last year.

The man was arrested in Brisbane on Tuesday and charged with five counts of gross indecency by male with male under 18 years.

In a statement, the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese said: "The charges are of a very serious nature and the matter is with NSW Police.

"The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn referred the complaint to police in 2017 and will continue to cooperate fully with the police investigation.

"These allegations will now be considered by a court. It would be inappropriate for the Archdiocese to make further comment until the judicial process has been concluded."

The man will appear before the Queanbeyan Local Court on April 23.

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Former Catholic church employee charged over sex offences (Canberra Times

Media statement (Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese)

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